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18 June 2015
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We discover the world of luck and fortune in our cities, from how architects apply the Chinese philosophy of feng shui to their work to a district thought to be so lucky that it was named Boa Sorte ('good luck' in Portuguese). Plus, we look at superstition in Catholic Italy and visit the rather unlucky tornado town of Moore, Oklahoma.
18 June 2015
Luck and fortune begin where control ends and there are few things we have less control over than the weather. The city of Moore is unluckier than most as it has been hit by 10 tornadoes between 1998 and 2015. Holly Bailey, author of “The Mercy of the Sky” speaks about extreme weather and urbanism in Oklahoma.
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Superstitions in Catholic Italy are known to run deep and if confronted Italians of all ages will admit to following at least one of the many rituals locals use to ward off bad luck. In Milan, one curious practice involves a local landmark and the tradition has even been taken up by visitors in need of a bit of good fortune.
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